Thursday, May 6, 2004
Parents Of Missing Women To Meet
By Gary E. Lindsley
The parents of 17-year-old Brianna Maitland and 21-year-old Maura Murray are joining forces to increase pressure on law enforcement to call in the FBI to join the search for their loved ones.
Bruce and Kellie Maitland and Fred Murray have scheduled a press conference for 9 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion in Woodsville.
The Maitlands and Murray are frustrated with the respective police investigations into their daughters' disappearances.
Brianna has been missing since she clocked out at her job as a dishwasher at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, Vt., at 11:20 p.m. March 19. She left the inn to return to Sheldon where she was living with a friend.
Her car was discovered partially ensconced in an abandoned building during the early morning hours of March 20 about a mile from the Black Lantern. She hasn't been seen since.
Maura was involved in a one-car accident on Route 112 in the town of Haverhill, N.H., the night of Feb. 9. She hasn't been seen since the night of the accident. Both women disappeared after being involved in accidents on rural roads.
The Maitlands and Murray believe there may be a connection between what has happened to their daughters. And they want that connection explored.
However, state police from Vermont and New Hampshire have discounted any connection between the disappearances of Brianna and Maura.
"We want to meet Fred and talk about what we are going through," Bruce Maitland said. "Also, we want to get out to people we need to have this looked at as a combined effort. There may be a connection."
He believes the FBI, which has more resources than the state police, should become involved in the search for Brianna and Maura.
Murray has been asking New Hampshire State Police right from the beginning to ask the FBI to become active participants in the search for his daughter.
And with Brianna missing, he believes it is imperative any possible connections be explored. "I believe there may be a connection," Murray said. "The people in Vermont and New Hampshire should be screaming to have the FBI become involved."
He said until Brianna and Maura are found, young women in Vermont and New Hampshire are not safe until whomever is involved is found.